Home Backup Generators

BACKUP POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT

By James Pratt – Oklahoma Living – www.ok-living.coop

Oklahoma is known for severe weather, and when storms roll in, nature can wreak havoc on a co-op’s ability to deliver reliable electricity to its members. Tornadoes, ice, and high winds can bring down even the most well-constructed power lines, leaving homeowners without power for wHat could be extended periods of time. When an outage occurs, your co-op staff works diligently to restore power; often going around the clock for several days to get the lights on as safely and as quickly as possible.

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How much do you know about green energy systems? If you are interested in switching to green energies and helping preserve the environment, you should take a few minutes to read this article.

Select a source of green energy that is adapted to the resources available to you. Solar energy is ideal if you are in the South West of the U.S. or in a country where you can count on clear skies all year long. If you are located near an ocean or a lake, consider getting a wind turbine. Hydraulic energy is an option if you have running water on your property, and geothermal energy is a possibility only if there is a geothermal source under your property.

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Are you thinking about investing in a green energy system? Solar? Wind? Hydraulic? Geothermal? Lets learn more about the different forms of green energy available.

Solar:
Solar panels are a popular option, especially in the southwestern United States. If you live in a sunny area, you should have a professional look at your property and assess how much exposure to the sun you get. You may need to optimize your exposure to the sun. When it comes to solar panels, there are several different kinds, and the most efficient ones are usually the most expensive too. Take the time to compare the different products available: you will probably find that some mono-crystalline panels are your best option in term of price and efficiency. The number of panels you need will depend on your energy consumption, which is why you need to assess your needs before getting a green energy system.

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Investing in a solar energy system could help you save a lot of money on your utilities on the long term. Read this article for useful tips and information on solar energy.

Make sure your property gets enough exposure to sunlight before you decide to get a solar energy system. The best place for solar energy is in the South West of the U.S.; if you do not live in a sunny state, you should consider other forms of green energy. Your property needs to get enough exposure throughout the entire day. You might have to cut down some trees to reduce shadows on your roof. And you should make sure you have enough space on your roof for enough solar panels to cover your needs. You should go to a professional to have your energy needs assessed and your property inspected.

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Trying to think green about the energy you use on a day to day basis is part of the big fight to go green. Being “green minded” will create a friendly environment where your kids and their kids can grow up free of pollutants and toxins in their everyday lives. A big part of this struggle is the fight to convert daily activities over to the usage of green energies, such as hydrogen power, sun power, hydro power, or wind power. However, these energy sources cannot do it alone and they need the people behind them to actually make the change. A big problem for the fight is not understanding what options are available and what these different options are. The following tips will cover some of the fundamentals and allow you to understand some of the different sources of power in our world today.

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Plastic Into Oil

Japanese Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Back Into Oil

In an efficient and safe effort to save us from the ill-effects of plastic waste, Akinori Ito has developed a machine which converts plastic back into oil.

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The sun is the power source that drives all life on Earth. Instead of relying on a terribly long chain of middlemen (like oil companies and fossilization) to deliver the sun’s energy to your home, why not go directly to the source? You can make your home more self-sufficient, environmentally-friendly, and cheap to run by taking advantage of modern solar power technologies and techniques. This article will give you three ideas to get you started.

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One of the largest energy consuming appliances in your home is your water heater. Keeping a constant supply of hot water for your home can be inefficient and if you have a large family you will require a large amount of hot water. By installing a solar water heater on your home, you can reduce your demand for electricity or natural gas, saving you money and improving the environment. This article is meant to give you a basic understanding of solar water heaters and put you in a better position to decide if one is right for you.

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The idea of accessing renewable energy for your home is appealing on many levels. Preserving the world’s energy sources, and lowering your own consumption of electricity-generated power, are two important motivations for looking into the installation of solar roof panels, also known as Solar Photovoltaic Systems. There has been much discussion in recent years about the issues involved in making this valuable switch. Read on for some insights into what is required and what the actual considerations might be.

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You can start utilizing the power of the sun throughout your home in order to save money on your energy bills. Additionally, you will be making your home more environmentally sound. You do not even have to invest in solar panels! Read through the advice outlined in this article to begin utilizing solar power in your home living environment.

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Solar energy is one powerful green alternative energy source that is oftentimes underutilized, even though it is in many ways much more efficient and less costly that regular electricity. You can start utilizing the power of the sun in your own home! It is easy. This article is designed to provide you with several easy steps you can follow to begin utilizing solar power in your home as soon as possible.

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Solar Pool Heating

Solar Pool Heating Schematic

Solar Pool Heating Schematic

If you own a swimming pool, solar pool heating could dramatically decrease the cost of heating your pool while providing you autonomy as natural and reliable as the sun itself.   The combination of solar thermal collectors using building-integrated photovoltaics [BI-PV] to pump water through a solar thermal collector translates to independence and peace of mind.

Whether you are a millionaire with multiple hotel properties or the one in charge of managing the family pool, your primary concern is to assure comfort, convenience and reliability for your family or patrons.  With increasing energy industry mismanagement, a volatile electricity market, global warming, increased natural disasters, terrorism and even war on the horizon, there is a strong chance that high electricity prices and blackouts may be realistic factors influencing your management decisions.    Isn’t it nice to know that even in today’s unpredictable world, there is one solution that can and will make your investment highly predictable, reliable and affordable for thirty years or more?

 

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Tankless Water Heater

Tank-less Water Heater

A natural gas tank-less water heater is a logical choice for anyone on the hot-water-seeking planet. This system rests when the water is not in use. This only makes sense but traditional heating units stay on all the time, even when they are not really needed. We don’t leave our vehicles running when we are not driving in the same sense; we should not leave our heating units running when they are not being used.

These tank-free heating units are a little more expensive to buy than the traditional gas hot water heater but they might be worth the extra money. The conventional tank version is more expensive to operate because the water stored in the unit has to be constantly heated and this takes quite a bit of energy. The tank-less water heating system is cheaper in the long run because it does not have to heat the water on a continuous basis when hot water is not needed.

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CNG tank in car
CNG tank in car

Think again if you live in the US.

The other night I was thinking, since the price of gasoline is getting so high; “How cool it would be if I could take a hose that’s connected to my home’s natural gas line and plug it to my car that has been converted to use CNG or both gasoline and CNG.” So… I started doing some research. Boy was I in for a surprise. In reality I really knew most of this, but I didn’t really understand the impact, or any of the details.

Compressed Natural Gas or CNG vehicle conversion presents so many roadblocks that it would be economically Unfeasible for any normal person. It is also a logistical nightmare as there isn’t a CNG infrastructure available to refill your vehicle in case you find yourself in need of more gas.

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Three-Phase AC Wind Turbine ~Nuts & Volts

A few months ago, I was looking through a copy of the magazine “Nuts & Volts” and saw a great little project article by John Gavlik.  Their article was about building a generator out of an attic wind ventilator.   I admit I have thought about this several times for many years, but their article really let my brain juices flow.

Their attic wind ventilator generator article in in their January 2010 issue,is part 6 and 7 of a series of articles titled “Experiments with Alternative Energy.”  Their AC wind turbine project outlined int the articles is really more of a science fair type of project.  But, they had a working generator capable of generating real electricity at a fairly low amperage. They even sell all the parts except the actual ventilator in their store.  With the knowledge gleaned from their articles, one can pretty easily come up with “modifications” to create a useful working power generator.

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Geothermal Energy

Typical GHP systemGeothermal energy is basically temperature from the earth.  You may have heard the term “geothermal heat pump” or just “heat pump” thrown around when talking about home heating.  Geothermal energy has been around since the beginning of the earth, but, in the late 1940′s, man has  fashioned it for his own use for controlling the temperature of his homes and businesses.

A geothermal heat pump or GHP is sometimes called a GeoExchange, earth-couple, ground-source, or water-source heat pump.  The term “geothermal” is used because energy is derived from the constant temperature of the earth as opposed to using outside air temperature as the exchange medium. Geothermal energy systems can reach very high efficiencies such as 300 to 600 percent on the coldest of winter nights, as compared to around 175 to 250 percent for standard air-source heating systems on cool days and may be combined with solar heating to form a geosolar system with even greater efficiency.

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What is DIY?

Most people don’t like to make things and prefer to just go out and buy stuff.  They are stuck with only having whatever is available to them. However there are many people like to get their hands dirty doing various projects.  They especially like to do it if they believe that their project is going to bring some sort of good or even great benefits.  DIY simply means “Do It Yourself.” And many people DIY many things.

 

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